Eater­ies shut­ting up shop

Blow for The Hub

East Kilbride News - - POVERTY - An­drea Lam­brou

Two restau­rants – in­clud­ing a sec­ond eaterie in The Hub – have ceased trad­ing in East Kil­bride.

Frankie and Benny’s in Lees Burn Court, Ner­ston and Fill­ing Sta­tion in the town cen­tre’s Olympia Mall have pulled down the shutters for the fi­nal time.

Owner The Restau­rant Group re­vealed losses across the board in its first half re­sults this year – in­clud­ing a £5.4 mil­lion drop in earn­ings.

A spokesman could not con­firm the to­tal num­ber of job losses but told the News: “The ca­sual din­ing mar­ket is fac­ing var­i­ous head­winds, such as in­creased prop­erty costs, which has im­pacted cer­tain sites within our Leisure port­fo­lio.

“In light of this back­drop, we have taken the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to close the Frankie and Benny’s site and the Fill­ing Sta­tion. We re­gret the im­pact on col­leagues and will en­sure that they are sup­ported through­out the process, as well as iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those wish­ing to re­main in the busi­ness where pos­si­ble.”

The clo­sure of a sec­ond restau­rant at The Hub will be a blow to shop­ping cen­tre bosses fol­low­ing the col­lapse of The Hand­made Burger Co. chain last July. The EK branch shut its doors just nine months after open­ing as part of the new leisure hub.

An EK, East Kil­bride spokesman said: “Un­for­tu­nately mar­ket con­di­tions across the re­tail and restau­rant in­dus­tries con­tinue to be ex­tremely chal­leng­ing and this has re­sulted in a num­ber of Fill­ing Sta­tion out­lets across the UK clos­ing their doors. Our prin­ci­pal con­cern is for the em­ploy­ees and we will be look­ing to sup­port them.”

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